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Indian advanced medical technology and caring medical staff have earned respect all over the world, and most backward countries like Benin, unable to fulfill advanced medical requirements, recommend their citizens to knock at the door of Indian hospitals to get their disease or medical problem cured.

Having taken this fact into account, the government of India has made the India visa application system online for over 160 countries, including Benin, in which a foreigner can apply for an Indian visa online and receive its electronic form on the confirmed email address to enter India for tourism, medical and business purposes and stay for a limited period of time.

Designated airports and seaports for the Benin national with an electronic visa:

The following is a list of 28 airports and 5 designated seaports from where a Benin national can enter the country when in possession of a valid e visa for India:

Airports:Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bag Dogra, Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar, Calicut, Chennai, Chandigarh, Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Madurai, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Port Blair, Pune, Tiruchirappalli, Trivandrum, Varanasi and Visakhapatnam.

Seaports:Cochin, Goa, Mangalore, Chennai and Mumbai.

Famous places in India Benin citizens enjoy visiting:

  • India Gate, Delhi
  • Hemis Monastery, Ladakh
  • Ranthambore, Rajasthan
  • Goa
  • Andaman and Nicobar
  • Manali, Himachal Pradesh
  • Jagannath Temple, Odisha
  • Golden Temple, Punjab
  • The Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
  • Rishikesh, the yoga capital of the world

Relations between India and Benin:

India and Benin are part of the Non-Aligned Movement. Trade relations have been flourishing between these two countries, which was almost 310 million dollars by 2009. India is the third largest export market for Benin, with exports mainly in agro products like cotton and cashew nuts. India launched a Duty Free Tariff Preferences regime to boost trade with Benin.

Famous cuisines and beverages of India:Masala Dosa, Paneer nan, Dal makhni, chicken tandoori, Chana Bhature, Veg momos, Tangri, tawa chicken, Dhokla, Bengali Rasgulla, Fish curry, Idli, Parantha, Sambhar Vada, noodles, Gushtaba, Raita, Lassi, Chur Chur naan, vegetable soup, Kahwah, and the list goes on.

Temperament of Indians:

Friendly, welcoming, cheerful and religious.

What you must know when visiting India on an Indian visa:

  • Don’t talk to the people of suspicious and unknown organizations or agencies
  • Don’t, especially after sunset, go to unlit or dark areas alone, especially girls. . 
  • Don’t give money or food to monks, clerics or beggars coming to you for it; you should ignore and stay from them, as they can be thieves or snatchers. . 
  • Never eat oily and fried food during your visit, as it may lead to digestive issues.
  • Don’t go to India in the summer if you can’t bear its hot season. 
  • Always keep your valid Indian visa in your pocket or purse to show it when asked by any official. 
  • Keep some cash available every time when out because most small shopkeepers and rural-people accept only cash. 
  • Taking the strict cultural beliefs of Indians into account, don’t kiss or hug your better half publicly or in family restaurants. And, wear modest clothes when visiting religious places, shrines, etc..
  • Remove shoes or sleepers before entering religious places.
  • Stay in only widely-known and registered places with reliable, clean records and security systems.

Indian Embassy and Consulate list in the Benin

Address:Onsulat de L Inde, Nirvana, Lot No.1430 R , Vedoko Missogbe, Cotonou Benin

Phone:+229-21-385220, +229-97-974502


Email:indconsul.benin@sify.com, ashokmir@yahoo.com, ashokmir@gmail.com